Saturday, October 8, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 10.8.16

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Bought:

Warm Bodies and The New Hunger:
A Special 5th Anniversary Edition
by Isaac Marion
-Zombies, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> I really liked the movie version of Warm Bodies and saw that this book also offered The New Hunger novella. Awesome two-fer!

Jane Austen
(Adult Coloring Book): 55 Removable Coloring Plates
by Abrams Noterie (Creator), Anita Rundles (Illustrations)
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Could not resist this one because of the variety of all the Jane novels - not just Pride and Prejudice.

Eileen
by Ottessa Moshfegh
-Historical, Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> As a Man Booker Prize 2016 short list nominee, I was drawn to this.

=====> Book Passage, Corte Madera, hosted a visit from author, Liane Moriarty, presenting her latest, Truly Madly Guilty. She mentioned that her novel, Big Little Lies has been made into an HBO series that will run in 2017.

Truly Madly Guilty
by Liane Moriarty
-Women's Fiction, Australia
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

Brake Failure
by Alison Brodie
-Women's Fiction
courtesy of author - Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Outward Blonde
by Trish Cook
-YA
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


UNBOXING:

BOOK OF THE MONTH (details)
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MONTH Box includes:
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles | Amazon | Goodreads
- Notecard from judge to selected book
- BOTM Bookmark

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

“Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia.” –The New York Times Book Review

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.



AND watched: in theatre

The Girl on the Train (2016)
Director: Tate Taylor
Screenplay: Erin Cressida Wilson
Based on book by: Paula Hawkins
Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux
-Mystery, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

=====> Captured the story well and the three actresses portrayals were spot on.

The Hollars (2016)
Director: John Krasinski
Writer: James C. Strouse
Based on book by:
Starring: Margo Martindale, John Krasinski
-Comedy, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4

A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

=====> Family drama with both happy and sad moments. Had a circle of life vibe.

Our Little Sister (2015)
Umimachi Diary (original title)
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Screenplay: Hirokazu Koreeda
Based on manga by: Akimi Yoshida
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose
-Comedy, Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

=====> Beautifully told story with gorgeous setting to enhance it. Sisterhood at its best.


AND watched: on DVD

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Screenplay: Simon Raven, Richard Maibaum
Based on book by: Ian Fleming
Starring: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
-Action, Adventure, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 2

James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

=====> So far, the least favorite, Bond film. Mostly because the actor did not really fit the part. And not crazy about the relationship aspect. I did like the Swiss and snow setting. Also, Diana Rigg was beautiful in it.


Currently flipping through: from the library

Adulthood Is a Myth:
A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection
by Sarah Andersen
-Graphic Novel, Humor
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Hilarious!

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* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

6 comments:

  1. When it comes to zombies I tend to grab the more traditional zombie horror type which probably explains why Warm Bodies didn't appeal much to me as a book. I might look at the film at some point though. Enjoy!

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  2. Coloring Books are awesome. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  3. Oh neat! I did plan to go back and read the New Hunger Novella and now you have it all in one. :)

    I haven't gotten into coloring yet, but that Jane Austen themed book would certainly temp me.

    Your unbox book has me curious- would be interesting to live out one's life in a hotel.

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  4. I'm curious about Eileen....and I loved The Girl on the Train movie, too.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  5. Oh, I need the Jane Austen coloring book!

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  6. Warm Bodies was really good, ya know how we love our zombie reads ;)

    Recently I've enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Woods and One Was Lost - both were perfect books for October!

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